I read a good review several months ago and have been dying to read it since. Reminds me of Sarah Dessen and Rainbow Rowell. My only regret is i didnt
I read a good review several months ago and have been dying to read it since. Reminds me of Sarah Dessen and Rainbow Rowell. My only regret is i didnt bring the second book on my long weekend as i read 200+pages in the car. This is one you could get lost in for the day.
I liked the sister relationships, although Kitty didn't seem like a 9yo, and Dad was definitely too distant, considering he was the only parent....more
Olivia Harrison lives with her aunt, uncle, and two step cousins,. Her mother died when she was young, and although she is able to send correspondenceOlivia Harrison lives with her aunt, uncle, and two step cousins,. Her mother died when she was young, and although she is able to send correspondence to her father, she hasn't ever met him. Olivia is treated like a second-class citizen in her home, but all of that, and actually her life as she knows it, is about to change.
First, her "friend" Annabelle has decided Olivia needs to meet her at the flagpole after school so they can fight, although Olivia has no idea why or what the trouble is. Annabelle seems to be mad and is spewing some nonsense about Olivia being a princess.
Second, thankfully just as the fight is about to begin a limo pulls up and out steps Her Royal Highness Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia. Mia is there to take Olivia wherever she wants to go. Oh, and it seems Olivia is her sister!
Olivia's boring, average life is about to change in a big way.
Why I read it: I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot's books and specifically The Princess Diaries series. The beginning of this book was slow for me, but I ended up liked it. [I'm so excited about the Royal Wedding coming in June!] I kept having to remind myself this is definitely the start of a new series, not written in Mia's voice, and aimed at younger readers (middle grade to early middle school) who probably haven't read any of the Princess Diaries. I'm excited to see what adventures Olivia will go on.
I enjoyed the family tree in the endpages and that the illustrations are created by Cabot. Glad that both Mia and Grandmere (along with other familiar human and animal characters) return and that both are true to character. What I love about the books is that Grandmere isn't Julie Andrews in the books. She is not afraid to speak her mind....more
Cece lost her hearing as a young girl, following a bout of meningitis. She has never known school without having to wear hearing aids or the Phonic EaCece lost her hearing as a young girl, following a bout of meningitis. She has never known school without having to wear hearing aids or the Phonic Ear (a device she wears, attached to an ear piece, that communicates with a microphone that her teacher wears, allowing her to hear crisp and clear, no matter where the teacher is!). Cece has learned to strategies to make her life easier (lip reading) but none of that helps her feel less isolated. People try to be helpful, trying to sign (she doesn't use sign language) or speaking slowly, but Cece doesn't want to be defined by her hearing loss. Sometimes the easiest way for Cece to deal is by imagining that her Phonic Ear has turned her into a superhero, El Deafo, with the amazing power of super hearing. El Deafo needs a faithful sidekick, a true friend. Will El Deafo succeed? Will Cece accept herself?
Why I read and finished the book: It is very understandable as to why it was a Newbery honoree. The story is great and even those without hearing loss can relate to Cece's feelings of being different and wanting to be "normal". I loved the El Deafo super hero character that Cece creates in her imagination as her way of dealing with her issues and insecurities. I also like that the author chose to have the characters be bunnies, rather than human. I think it helps readers to connect more with the characters.
Readalikes: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Smile by Raina Telgemeier.
Interesting tidbit: Author is married to Tom Angelberger (Strange Case of Origami Yoda). I also just discovered that he has Aspergers. ...more
What teenager doesn't love a road trip in a van with no air conditioning and two younger siblings? Raina's family is driving from California to ColoraWhat teenager doesn't love a road trip in a van with no air conditioning and two younger siblings? Raina's family is driving from California to Colorado for a two week road trip. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
If you have read her graphic novel "Smile", then you will recognize Raina, and her siblings Amara and Will. This story takes place during the time of Smile, although if you haven't read it, you won't miss anything. You can see Raina's braces but she doesn't incorporate any of those issues into this story.
I didn't like it as well as Smile, but probably because it didn't have the same "make you squirm in pain" feeling. I didn't have a younger sister, but I had a younger brother so I can definitely understand the sibling rivalry. It is a fast, read in one sitting graphic novel....more
Why I picked up the book: I couldn't wait to start this and got almost 70 pages before I had to close my eyes. Some of the girls in my teen book clubWhy I picked up the book: I couldn't wait to start this and got almost 70 pages before I had to close my eyes. Some of the girls in my teen book club would have preferred that Cass have the entire selection process in one book rather than three. Even though it isn't the greatest writing, I have to give her props for creating a tale that makes readers want to keep reading. I can't say when the last time I had to pick up the second novel in a series immediately.
Rose and Windy are summer beach friends. They only see each other a few weeks in the summer during family vacations to the beach town of Awago. This yRose and Windy are summer beach friends. They only see each other a few weeks in the summer during family vacations to the beach town of Awago. This year Rose is realizing that life will never be the same. This is the summer of transition between child and teen. This is the summer of horror movies, small town drama, and realizing that parents aren't perfect and have their own issues.
This one summer is the summer that changes everything.
Why I picked up the book: I had checked it out several times but never read it. When it was recognized as both a Caldecott and Printz honoree, I knew I needed to read it. I had initially forgotten that Caldecott award reaches children up to age 14 and was surprised since I remembered reviews commenting on "teenage" material. I was happy to see that it was honored for both and can understand why.
Why I finished it: There is a lot in the book and could definitely be discussed and analyzed in many readings. It is a great book to show the value and substance of graphic novels.
The blue ink was an interesting choice and works well. Makes it seem like memory, rather than set in current time, so older readers can reflect.
Rose and Windy are so unique and yet a great representation of those tween/early teen years. Who am I? What is going on in my world and the greater world? When did I realize that my parents had a life and issues of their own? When did I transition from child to teen?
Sawyer Dodd’s boyfriend Kevin is dead. They said he was drinking and crashed his car, a tragic end to the young life of a star athlete. Then Sawyer reSawyer Dodd’s boyfriend Kevin is dead. They said he was drinking and crashed his car, a tragic end to the young life of a star athlete. Then Sawyer receives a note in her locker, accompanied by a newspaper clipping about Kevin’s wreck. The note reads “You’re welcome”. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin’s relationship wasn’t perfect. Someone has been following Sawyer. And now others might be at risk.
Why I picked it up: My Roosevelt book club wanted a murder mystery that was fast paced.
Why I finished it: It is really fast paced and keeps the reader guessing as to the identity of Sawyer's stalker. It even had me thinking maybe she had a split personality. There were some inconsistencies and a few things that happened that seemed completely unbelievable to me (as an adult) but that teens may not even notice or care about.
Readalikes: What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles, Wake series and others by Lisa McMann, Identical by Ellen Hopkins, You by Charles Benoit. It reminded me of the R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books I used to read as a teen....more
Matt is angry Over life, Broken Out of Control. Unraveling
Parents, Fight, Hate, Breaking up
Luke Younger brother Depressed Bullied Died.. suicide
Matt’s guilt CoulMatt is angry Over life, Broken Out of Control. Unraveling
Parents, Fight, Hate, Breaking up
Luke Younger brother Depressed Bullied Died.. suicide
Matt’s guilt Could he Should he Have known Been there Said something Told someone
Matt’s girlfriend Is she the one? Is love enough?
Who loves Who Understands Who sees Who can forgive Who else hears the Rumble.
Why I picked up the book: We had the opportunity to visit with the author over Skype during Youth Empowerment Council and this was her new book. The YEC does work in the community on suicide prevention awareness and anti-bullying.
Why I finished it: She deals with a lot of tough issues (faith & lack thereof, bullying, depression, suicide, survivor guilt, broken families, anger, relationship issues, forgiveness). I missed the way she used to add imagery to her poems.
Readalikes: Her other books. I’ve read Burned, Crank, Identical...more
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver
Ezra Faulkner believes that everyone gets a tragedy, a tragedy tTell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver
Ezra Faulkner believes that everyone gets a tragedy, a tragedy that will shape and change the course of their lives. For Ezra, his life changed irreparably the night of the accident that left him with a crushed knee, injured wrist, and took away his ability to not only play but excel on the tennis court. When senior year begins, Ezra mourns the loss of his previously popular life and has the opportunity to start over. He no longer fits with his old crowd and must find other activities and friends to occupy his time. Ezra’s elementary school best friend Toby strikes up a conversation, as though it hasn’t been years since they spoke. And then there is the new girl, Cassidy. A girl he may have never noticed before. A girl he can’t get out of his mind. Who has changed? His old, popular crew or Ezra himself? Even if he could, would he want to go back to his life before the accident? Everyone has their own tragedy to survive. It could be the end of something or it might as well just be the beginning of everything. I love her and that is the beginning and end of everything. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
Why I picked up the book: Last summer a high school young man had told me how great the book was so it was in my to-read pile. I picked it for our January “Never Too Old” book discussion since the title seemed like a good fit for the new year.
Why I finished it: I really liked the character of Ezra. I kept thinking about my own “personal tragedies” and how they shaped and changed the course of my life.
I’d give it to: high school teens and adults, due to some of the content. It is a great realistic novel that makes you think about your life and where you fit.
Readalikes: Looking for Alaska by John Green; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford; Winger by Andrew Smith, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick; and because Ezra references the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald....more